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Arsenal beat Man Utd to sign in-demand midfielder

It seems that once again the personal touch of Arsene Wenger has helped Arsenal beat their Premier League rivals to land an exciting teenage talent following Cardiff City's announcement that star midfielder Aaron Ramsey has chosen the Gunners ahead of Manchester United and Everton.

According to Cardiff, Arsenal will pay £5 million to take Ramsey to north London, but while Manure were offering to loan the player back to Cardiff, Arsenal will thrust him straight into the first team squad, possibly as a long-term replacement for the vacant Mathieu Flamini defensive midfield role.

Ramsey is undoubtedly one of the rising stars in British football. He became the youngest player to pull on a Cardiff first team shirt when he has just 16 and now aged 17 he has also been called into the Welsh national squad.

It was thought that with Welsh hero Ryan Giggs being at Man United that Ramsey would be at Old Trafford next season, but once again Le Gaffer's intervention looks to have prevented that...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 10, 2008 10:02 AM in Transfers
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Does this video suggest that Eduardo could become Arsenal's top scorer?


Euro 2008 is upon us and watching Croatia in action in their 1-0 win over co-hosts Austria at the weekend one thing was obvious; the Croats really miss Eduardo da Silva.

The Brazilian born Dudu is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world and his record for his adopted country is impressive - 13 goals in 22 appearances.

And the good news for us Gooners is that it looks like Eduardo could join his Arsenal team mates in time for pre-season training next month as he astounds doctors with his speedy recovery from one of the worst injuries I have ever seen - a double compound fracture of his left leg and an open dislocation of the ankle.

Arsenal are superb when it comes to dealing with long term injured players and as with anyone crocked for so long, the club allowed Eduardo to choose where he wanted to undergo his rehabilitation, so the 25-year-old took the opportunity to return to Rio de Janeiro for a few months.

Reports from the clinic he is attending are hugely encouraging and as our video shows, not only is off his crutches, but just three months after a potentially career ending injury he is walking unhindered, kicking a ball and even running in the gym...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 9, 2008 11:02 AM in Debate of the Day| Video
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Would you sell Emmanuel Adebayor for £32 million?

If you believe the stories coming out of Italy, AC Milan could be about to test Arsenal's resolve by offering a mind boggling £32 million for top gun Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker beached the 30 goal barrier last season, including Arsenal's second against the Rossoneri in San Siro and despite pledging his future to the club just a few days ago, the Italian media would have us believe that he has agreed personal terms that will take him to the Serie A champions this summer.

The stumbling block, if you swallow any of this, is that Arsene Wenger wants £32 million for his star striker. That's double what Barcelona paid for Thierry Henry last summer and quite frankly, if there's any truth to it at all, I'd urge Le Gaffer to agree the deal and use the money to strengthen Arsenal for next season..

With that kind of war chest, Arsene could buy my favourite target Karem Benzema, or David Villa or Samuel Eto'o or just about any other striker of his choice and still have change to buy another player of the same calibre. Or how about a swap deal involving Alexandre Pato? And all that for a player who cost Arsenal a reputed £3 million two years ago.

Now I'm not suggesting that Ade-cool is not a good player, but he's not yet worth anything approaching £30 million and it could be argued that with the chances he was presented with by his team mates last season, his goal tally should have been significantly higher.

In saying that, I'd like to see the 24-year-old stay in north London and go on to develop into an Arsenal legend.

But let's play fantasy Wenger for a moment: how much money would it take to persuade you to part with our top scorer? And which player, or players, would be on you wish list as a replacement for Adebayor? Share your thoughts here.

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Sagna extends Arsenal deal but chairman questions loyalty of others

Arsenal have announced that right back Bacary Sagna has extended his contract with the club, despite only arriving in north London last summer.

The French international was arguable one of the buys of the season as he slotted straight into the right back position. Sagna joined the club on a four year contract from Auxerre, costing the Gunners a reputed £6 million, which now seems a bargain.

However, Arsenal have revealed that the 25-year-old has now committed himself to a deal that should keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2014, with his salary reputed to have increased to £50,000 per week.

Next in line for contract negotiations are Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor. Fab 4's current deal expires in 2014, but Arsene Wenger is keen to offer the 21-year-old midfield playmaker improved terms so that he can secure Cesc's services for many years to come. Likewise, Le Gaffer is hoping to keep top scorer Adebayor at the club for a few more years with a new deal.

The so-called Webster ruling that allows players to buy themselves out of their remaining contract now means that clubs may be forced to renegotiate player contracts on an annual basis as a way of reducing the risk of their stars walking away. And that's obviously irked Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who has called the loyalty of players into question...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 5, 2008 10:19 AM in News| Players
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Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg trashes Arsene Wenger

If you believe the stories in the newspapers today, Freddie Ljungberg left Arsenal on such bad terms that he decided to sign for West Ham so he could take out his revenge on the Gunners.

You may be an underwear pin-up Freddie, but you're not exactly brain of Britain - or Sweden for that matter. While I have no doubt that Arsene Wenger was concerned about your injuries, I think he was probably thinking the same as us fans in seeing that you had lost a yard or two of pace and therefore it was time to let you go.

If Freddie had stayed at Arsenal last season, there's not much chance that he would have made it into the starting 11 many times, even if he had stayed fit, which of course he didn't.

But addressing his so-called feud with Wenger, I have one observation to make: surely any footballer who has an ounce of ambition would move to a club which has a realistic chance of winning silverware?! Freddie's assertion that he turned down offers from Italy so he could play as often as possible for West Ham against Arsenal is frankly nonsense. But if it is true, then why would we Gooners want such an unambitious, overpaid player in the squad anyway?

You were a great player at Arsenal Freddie and you were loved by the fans. Perhaps it would be wiser to hold your tongue so that you don't spoil the goodwill that you built up during your nine years with the Gunners.

What do you think of Freddie's attack on Wenger and his claim that he signed for the Hammers purely to play against Arsenal? Share your thoughts here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 4, 2008 9:09 AM in News| Players
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Will Arsenal sign anyone before Euro 2008 kicks off?

The clock is ticking on Arsene Wenger's self-imposed deadline to sign some new players for Arsenal Football Club.

Wenger wanted to have his transfer dealings completed before Euro 2008 begins, but with the first game due to kick off on Saturday, time is fast running out for Le Gaffer to stand by that timetable.

More worryingly, the signing of Samir Nisri, which seemed imminent two weeks ago, now seems to be on hold because of issues with the wages that are being offered by the Gunners. Wenger has tried to explain the problem by stating that the difference in salaries between England and France is not as wide as it used to be, but it still calls into question Arsenal's much talked about pay structure yet again.

The dilemma, of course, is that Nasri has a blinding Euro 2008 and is then poached by another European giant - or worse still, another Premier League club. But that's the risk that Arsenal will continue to face unless they can start to offer world class deals to their players.

Meanwhile, the Alexander Hleb saga rolls on with Barcelona still seen as favourites to sign the want-away midfielder. Perhaps if that deal can be completed this week we'll see Yaya Toure, or maybe even Samuel Eto'o, involved in a swap deal to come to north London. But somehow I doubt it.

But with Wenger's deadlines apparently meaning nothing these days (remember the moving deadline for Mathieu Flamini?!) the question I have for you lot is does it matter that we haven't signed any new talent as yet? Or do you think Arsene needs to get the chequebook out now so that he can plan properly for pre season training? Share your comments here.

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Who will you be cheering on at Euro 2008?

For the first time in years, I'm actually looking forward to a summer football tournament.

It might have something to do with the lack of hype that we usually have to put up with in the press that England will win the competition, only to see them capitulate against San Marino or lose the obligatory penalty shoot out, but I reckon it's more to do with the fact that I'm bored and at least we'll get to see some quality football during the next few weeks.

Any of you who read this blog regularly will know that I'm not exactly the biggest fan of international football. Normally I'd be hoping that France, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and Poland all fall at the first hurdle so that the Arsenal players could have a rest, but I must be in a charitable mood, because I'd actually like to see our players do well in the tournament and for that reason, I'll be supporting France.

Mathieu Flamini's move to AC Milan hasn't helped him convince Raymond Domenech of his credentials, as he has been left out of Les Bleus' 23-man squad for the finals. But also missing - and therefore enjoying a much needed holiday - are Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna. Indeed, the only current Gunner to feature in the French squad is William Gallas, so expect him to pick up an injury that'll leave him doubtful for the start of next season and force Arsene Wenger into buying a new central defender. With any luck...


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